My girlfriend Sharon started riding about 14 months ago, after she'd been going out with me for about 6 months, and decided she'd like to give it a go.
Not long after she got her first bike a Yamaha Zeal 250, she came to a track day with me, where most of the racers were practicing for the next day. I gave her as much of the best advice I could, because the last thing I wanted was for her to get spooked by some idiot carving her up. She loved every session, was getting visibly more comfortable, and was even getting advice from an A grader at one stage (with me standing behind, listening closely!!). She's done 3 trackdays since then, another on the Zeal, and then two on her SV650, Eastern Creek and Phillip Island. She loves riding on the track, and is really jealous at the moment, 'coz I've got a practice day this sunday, and she's working!
The reason I bring this up is because the Phillip Island ride day was the day after WSBK. Because of the sheer numbers of riders, the division into groups was fairly random. We met a couple in the sign-on line, he an ex-racer, and she first timer on a track. She came in after about two laps of her first session (in the slow group!), crying because she had been scared witless, by several arseholes who had passed her on her 250 (top speed around 190ish KmH), on their 1000cc machines (Top speed around 280ish KmH) at about 2 foot. There was no way she was going out again, and even though the management made announcements to the crowd that it wasn't a race day, etc, she was terrified. Needless to say, She won't be booking any track days soon.
Even though this is only one instance, which happened to one person, in a less-than-perfect environment, it's fair to say IT SHOULD'NT HAVE HAPPENED! She paid her money like everyone else, and had as much right to be on the track with everyone else.
Next time anyone hears someone complaining about slower riders at a track day, keep in mind those people are ruining our sport, by keeping people away. Tell them to either STFU, or if they don't want to put up with slower riders, tell them to grow some balls, and go racing. In the classes I race in, if there's a 2 ft gap between two bikes, someone will fit a third bike in there!
P.S.Photos of Sharon and Me at Phillip Island!